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Systems Test and Integration Engineer



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  • Case Study »
    • After completing University, I worked for a large electronic manufacturing company testing products which are used in over 90% of the world’s radiotherapy machines. I stayed at this company for over 4 years, learning various aspects of RF engineering and how to deliver successful R&D projects, examples include high power RF components for cargo and vehicle inspection, to designing a laser experiment to test a miniature atomic clock.
    • In my current role, I’m developing the next generation of electronically steered antennas, which can send and receive radio waves from satellites in space whizzing around Earth, so that you can watch Netflix on a plane, or even play Fortnite on a train…

  • Did you know? »
    • Only 57% of the entire world has access to the internet. In the future this will change dramatically with the advent of new communication technologies.
  • Routes »
    • Most people would study an engineering or science degree and have a few years of work experience to get my position.
    • Alternative routes include apprenticeships with larger companies who will often support part-time learning through NVQ’s and even university.
  • Entry Requirements »
    • Normally someone entering an engineering job would have studied maths and science to A-Level and perhaps a design and technology subject.
    • Although your grades are important it is also vital to be able to demonstrate softer skills i.e. team work, communication skills and your ability to present information to others.
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Read up on current trends in technology and in the news (see useful links)
    • Consider taking a part-time job to build your softer skills
    • Skills: Team Work, Communication (both written and presentation), data analysis and if possible learn a software language like Python or C
    • Knowledge: Understanding of maths and science and its application in the real world

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. You get to work on things which will benefit others
    2. Each day you learn something new
    3. No two days are the same as you plan your own day
    4. Get to meet people from around the world
    5. Opportunity to travel and see how your technology is used by others
    6. The pace of technology is rapid, look at how much we achieved in the last 50 years, and just imagine what we will achieve in the next 50. There is so much for you to get involved with.
    7. Be recognised as a specialist in your field
    8. Good salary and benefits
    9. Work with intelligent and like-minded people
    10. The work you do will be used by others for years to come!

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